Paper: An Analysis of the Poem, Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

In spite of these obstacles the mother has moved up the stairs and has overcome them. She tells him she has “been a climbin' on, and reachin’ landin's, and turnin’ corners, and sometimes going in the dark when there ain't been no light" (9-13). She means here that sometimes she was blind to where the stairs or her life was leading her and the direction was unknown, but she still continued. The mother continues to encourage her son by telling him “not to turn back or set down on the steps ‘cause you finds it's kinder hard" (14-16). She is telling her him not to give up regardless of how hard things may seem at the time and if he continues on he will eventually overcome these obstacles that are causing him such despair. She believes that once you stop it is harder to get started again and she encourages him by telling him how she's "still goin, honey and I'se sill climin' and that life for me ain't been no crystal stair" (18-20). She also tells him that she has made it and still has to encounter these obstacles even in her golden years and she did not give up and has not given up and if she is strong enough to make it then so can he. Through a mother's voice Hughes uses metaphors, symbolism, and imagery. He also conveys a message of encouragement. Durring the time this he wrote this poem the message may have been directed towards the African American community; however, today the message is directed to all who feel like giving into the hard times that life can and will bring. Hughes also reminds us that we are not alone in these hard times and that everyone experiences the same hard times in some form or another. Langston Hughes' died in 1967; | hope he knew that this poem spoke words of encouragement not only to the African American race but also to the rest of us needing some inspiration. His poem reminds up to be hopeful and to not give up on ourselves....